Uganda Cranes to face Rwanda in Chan 2020 opener

Uganda Cranes will take on neighbors Rwanda in their first match of the 2020 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) in Cameroon.

According to the fixtures released by the Confederation of Africa Football (Caf), Uganda Cranes have been pooled in Group C alongside Morocco, Rwanda, and Togo.

Group A will have hosts Cameroon, Mali, Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Group B comprise of Libya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Niger, and Congo.

Group D will have Zambia, Guinea, Namibia, and Tanzania.

Uganda Cranes will be taking part in their fifth consecutive Chan tournament after featuring in the 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2018 editions.

The Cranes will face Rwanda on January 18 at the Stade de Unification in Douala, before tackling Togo on January 22, 2021, at the same venue.

The final group game will be on January 26, 2021, against Morocco.

Uganda Cranes targets knockout stage

The Cranes have never progressed past the group stage of the competition and it is their ultimate goal this time round.

In the last edition that was held in Rwanda, Uganda finished third in a group that comprised of Zambia, Namibia and Ivory Coast.

The tournament, which exclusively features players from each nation’s respective national championships, was supposed to be hosted by Ethiopia.

However, it was moved to Cameroon after the Ethiopian football authorities admitted the country was not ready to hold the event.

The tournament was also set to be held in April but was postponed owing to the effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The event will be hosted by the cities of Yaounde, Douala, and Limbe and will also serve as a warm-up for Cameroon ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Uganda Cranes have already geared up preparations as they aim at achieving their ultimate target of making it to group stages.

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